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Bill Charlap Trio at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

- Jazz and Cabaret Corner

Bill Charlap Trio
Bill Charlap on Piano
(Bill Charlap Recordings)
Kenny Washington on Drums
Peter Washington on Bass
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street
(Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website)
Todd Barkan, Artistic Administrator
Scott Thompson, Press

Dr. Roberta Zlokower
May 28, 2006

This second set, last night of the series, found Bill Charlap’s trio in exceptional form and quite relaxed, even with the sold-out club. Kenny Washington began on soft brushes, with Charlap in a mellow mood, warming up a slow swing. Once the tempo was picked up, the band improvised. Soon It’s Only a Paper Moon wafted through the club, with soulful, bluesy refrains. Lady Is a Tramp was set to rapid swing, and Charlap featured Peter Washington on solo bass. This band was well-timed, smoothly synchronized, and instantly ready to play background or lead. Charlap presented some waterfalls of crescendos, with a contemporary touch.

In the Still of the Night unwound contrasting rhythms and lightning trills, and Charlap found the potential in the Steinway. A song by Vernon Duke and Ogden Nash inspired consistently tight timing. Put On a Happy Face from Bye Bye Birdie featured some staccato percussives, and the newer jazz put the older melody on the burner. With barely a pause, another Broadway show was celebrated, this time with music from Bernstein’s West Side Story. Somewhere and Cool were actually “cool” in this late spring set on a Sunday night. Kenny Washington rocked the club with an extended percussive solo. Charlap, playing the second song with wild liberties and bouncy swing, knows how to celebrate New York.

Check Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website for current and upcoming listings.

Bill Charlap Trio
Photo courtesy of Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center

Bill Charlap
Photo courtesy of Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center

Bill Charlap and Todd Barkan at Leisure
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Kenny Washington at Leisure
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

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